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Drones in the Transport System: Acceptability and Integration

Summary and Conclusions

Ready for Take-off? Integrating Drones into the Transport System

Research Report, 24 February 2021

This report presents policy options for the successful integration of drones into the transport system. How can countries reap the benefits of drone transport while limiting risks? The report examines concerns about the acceptability, efficiency and sustainability of drone transport. The analysis covers passenger and freight drones with different payloads and ranges, and also addresses other drone uses that support the transport sector.

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The ITF Working Group “Drones in the Transport System: Acceptability and Integration”  examines how drones can become an accepted and integral part of a future transport system.

Drones present new opportunities for civil, commercial or leisure uses, and surveys indicate public support for them. Concerns about privacy, the environment, safety and security also exist, however. To maximise benefits and minimise risks, existing rules will need to be reviewed and new rules set. Current regulation of drones is often restrictive, thus hampering new developments. In other cases it is lagging behind technological advances, causing reluctance among potential adopters. To smoothly integrate drones into the overall transport system and ensure citizens’ acceptance, governments must have good visibility of the rapidly developing concepts for drone designs and drone services. To inform policy decisions, the Working Group will consider the use of drones for both freight and passenger transport, with small and large payloads. It will also address their potential to improve the transport system in support roles for logistics, monitoring, maintenance or emergency services.

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